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Welcome back to another Link Roundup! This week, as promised, is all about becoming a better worker, and finding more success in your career. Below you will find great advice on setting career goals, and becoming a more valuable employee. We hope the advice below gets you on track for success, and maybe even lands you a promotion!

Before You Set New Goals, Think About What You’re Going to Stop Doing

This article is a great way to start this week’s roundup! If you’re planning on overhauling how you work, you will likely have to change some things. However, if you’re going to actually get results, you’ll have to stick to those changes. Oftentimes the reason we fail isn’t because we lack motivation to make the change. It’s because we lack the motivation to see it through. This awesome article from the Harvard Business Review will help you do a self evaluation of the way you work, and how to ensure you change your habits for the better.

8 Habits of Employees That Get Promoted

The last article helped you realize what bad habits need to be broken, which has paved the ground for some great new ones! If the article does as it states, those habits may even lead to a promotional opportunity! An example of one of the great habits presented here- be irreplaceable. If it is obvious to your superior that you are an integral member of the team, they will do all they can to make sure you stick around. Read the full article for the 7 other suggested habits.

You Can Get More Done By Working Less, Studies Show- Here’s How

If you approach your boss and say that you can get more done by working less, you’re probably going to have a bad time. Still, this article is worth checking out. Instead of long periods of unfocused and tiresome work, it suggests that shorter hours result in a tighter, more productive level of focus. It lists some interesting examples from history, including a U.S. President! It also goes on to make suggestions about how you can implement that type of work. However, this is probably easiest to try for someone who is self-employed.

How to Keep Moving Up When You’re the Only Person in Your Department

This article is a great one about career growth, and you should give it a read, even if the title doesn’t describe you. Growth is certainly harder to achieve when you are a team of one, but these constructive tips are valuable for any professional. You should always continue to seek out new opportunities to learn and grow. Getting too comfortable in your career may work for a while, but eventually it will catch up with you. If you need to keep your skills and knowledge fresh, try out some of these tips.

This Is What Recruiters Look For On Your Social Media Accounts

Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, it’s a good idea to keep your social media in order, and present yourself well. Having unprofessional social media accounts could hurt you in your current job, and down the road it may even damage potential opportunities. If you want to clean up your social media and maybe even get it job search ready, this is a handy quick guide. It will help you realize what most recruiters want to see, and you can start to think about how to meet that expectation.

Employee Engagement is a Lagging Indicator Of Culture

Employee engagement has been a hot button issue in HR for the past few years. Making sure employees are engaged at work and satisfied with their job is now integral to many HR positions. However, in this article, Jamie Notter explains that he believes employee engagement is a result, and not a problem to be solved. Instead, Notter suggests that employee engagement is the direct result of culture at a company. If the culture fits in with the employees working there, they will be engaged. Whether you buy into that logic or not, this article makes for a very interesting read if you are in management or HR!

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop to Near 45-Year Low

To end on a positive note, employment in the U.S. is looking very good! The number of people filing for unemployment dropped significantly in the last week. This is a sign of an employment market that greatly favors the candidate. So if you are going to be looking for  a new job, now is a good time to do so!

Everyone works differently, but certain tactics like setting goals and organizing your time will always make you more effective. We hope the links this week help you work more efficiently, and encourage you to find more success in your career!